So naturally I started listing all the things I'd rather be doing in this kind of weather. Although I really am excited about knocking out this part of my to-do list.
When it gets hot (and my definition of 'hot' begins around 85 degrees) I like to:
- Go swimming. My favorite version of this involves a fun floaty and a good book, but any sort of cool water will do.
- Make smoothies. I made this Sweet Strawberry-Watermelon Smoothie yesterday, and it really hit the spot!
- Eat ice cream. My waistline really doesn't need it, but it sure tastes good on a hot day. If you want to make your own, you can find a fun recipe to make with your kids here.
- Find someplace cool to read. As far as I'm concerned, there's not really a bad time to read a book, but when it's crazy hot all around you, being transported somewhere in the Artic or to a refreshing beach works for me. If you're doing that physically in front of a fan or with your feet in a bucket of water, so much the better. Need some recommendations? Check out my book review page!
- Go see a movie. We don't see many movies, but most theaters have great AC units. While exploring a nearby town during another heat wave a few days ago, my husband and I decided to visit a second-run theater. We saw a movie that premiered a few months ago for only $4/ticket and spent some time together cooling off after our hike around town.
- Visit a book store. One of my errands today involves a book store, and after speaking to an employee on the phone yesterday, she advised me to be prepared to stay a while. Me? Spend a few hours amidst stacks of books? Yes, please. :-) Many stores encourage 'extreme' browsing, and some also have coffee shops or snack bars where you can treat yourself to something cool or chocolatey while you browse.
- Turn off the oven. I love to cook, but when it gets hot, cooking happens either in the toaster oven or outside - I refuse to heat up the house any more than necessary. Who wants to eat when it's 115 degrees, anyway? Serve fruit salad and granola bars or a fresh green salad with some grilled meat and call it a day. :-)
- Take a bath. This feels uber-indulgent to me now, but when we were kids and it got hot, my mom would run a cool bath and let us play. It felt like I'd be in there for hours, playing with boats when I was little and then reading (of course) as I got older. Why not try it now?
- Unplug the hair dryer. This may sound wacky, but I hate drying my hair. No matter how nice and cool I feel after a shower, drying my hair always heats me up and makes me sweaty again. In this kind of weather, I'm happy to pin all my hair up in a clip or a pony tail. It may not be super fashionable, but it keeps me cool longer, and I'm all for that.
- What about you? What's your favorite way to stay cool in a heat wave?
Come back soon for our favorite ways to stay cool as a family!